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Minivan Hits, Kills Couple Walking Near New Jersey Diner

A couple walking on Route 22 near a diner in New Jersey were struck and killed by a minivan early Thursday, authorities say.

Bridgewater Township police say the minivan, driven by Xu Chengfei, hit 29-year-old Robert Gibbons and 23-year-old Magdalene Allen in the left lane of Route 22 near North Adamsville Road just before 3:15 a.m.

A motel across the highway said that Gibbons and Allen, both of East Brunswick, were staying there, but declined to give additional information about the pair.

Surveillance footage from across the street showed Allen and Gibbons walking to a closed diner when they were hit. A first vehicle just misses the pair before Chengfei's car hits both of them, the video shows. 

"The first car saw them so the car slow down but the next car didn't see them was going full speed and they didn't run," said Mike Anastasi, the owner of the diner.

Chengfei, of Queens, was taken to a hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries.

Chopper 4 showed an extensive emergency presence at the scene as detectives investigated.

No arrests have been made.

Anyone who saw Allen and Gibbons get hit should call the Bridgewater Township police at 908-722-4111.

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